VIRTUAL WORKS – ACTUAL THINGS

International Orpheus Academy for Music and Theory 2016
4-6 April 2016, Orpheus Institute Ghent, BE
The Orpheus Academy for Music and Theory 2016 will focus on the relation between the virtual multiplicities that enable an imaginary perception of musical works and the actual, concrete materials and practices that make such imaginary constructions possible. With the contribution of a most distinguished faculty, the event will give room for discussion on recent developments that are challenging the debate around the work-concept (Lydia Goehr), the question of the autonomy of music (Gunnar Hindrichs), the canonical tendency of past musical pieces (Andreas Dorschel), new ontologies (David Davies), the potentialities emerging from editorial and performative practices (John Rink), and a new image of work inspired by the notion of multiplicity and pointing towards a domain specific assemblage theory (Paulo de Assis, convenor).image Academy2016.jpg
In our globalized and hyper-mediatized culture, musical works are currently determined by Western consumers and profit-oriented professional performers rather than by transhistorical creative and productive processes. A renewed gaze upon the innumerable things that actually enable the here-and-now appearance of musical works (drafts, sketches, manuscripts, editions, recordings, comments, instruments, analysis, etc.) opens up wider horizons for reflection and, crucially, for future practices.

Faculty

With the contribution of a most distinguished faculty, the Orpheus Academy for Music and Theory 2016 will discuss recent developments that are challenging the debate around the work-concept (Goehr), the question of the autonomy of music (Hindrichs), the canonical tendency of past musical pieces (Dorschel), new ontologies (Davies), the potentialities emerging from editorial and performative practices (Rink), and a new image of work inspired by the notion of multiplicity and pointing towards
a domain specific assemblage theory (Assis).

  • Lydia Goehr, Columbia University, New York, US
  • David Davies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Andreas Dorschel, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG), Graz, Austria
  • Gunnar Hindrichs, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • John Rink, St John’s College, Cambridge, UK

Academy convenor

Paulo de Assis

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